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In most cases, hybridized orbitals occur as the optimal, lowest energy state configuration a molecule can have; however, some examples exist of molecules whose un-hybridized orbitals are at a lower energy state than having potentially hybridized orbitals (H2S).
Hybridized orbitals form when atoms are bonding, and they create a new (i.e. lower) energy level for electrons to occupy. This is favorable because electrons always want to occupy the lowest energy level possible.
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